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Pioneer Laurie Cunningham subject of a new film

ICON: Laurie Cunningham during his Real Madrid days

FOOTBALL PIONEER Laurie Cunningham is to be the subject of a new film. The Birmingham Evening Mail reports that a
plea to fund a film about the life of legendary West Bromwich Albion star Cunningham has been over-subscribed by £250,000.

The Midlands newspaper says the film, called Black Flash, charts the rise to fame of Cunningham who was a member of the famous Baggies’ Three Degrees alongside team-mates Brendon Batson and Cyrille Regis in the 1970s.

The trio were part of a side managed by Ron Atkinson that thrilled fans around the UK with their swashbuckling attacking football.

However, Cunningham, who eventually left The Hawthorns to join Real Madrid, was killed in a car crash in the Spanish capital in 1989.

Producers of the movie issued a crowd-funding appeal to raise £1.4 million, promising investors 25 per cent of any profits. So far, £1,648 million has been raised from 11 investors.

Film-makers Roker 37 said the film was set to be a drama “about a tragic hero who was adored but misunderstood.”

It said in a statement to potential funders: “This film will tell the story of a shy dreamer blessed with breathtaking ability, who became an icon, if not a champion, and died tragically before his time.

“On the surface, Laurie was exuberant, he loved to dance, wore loud fashionable clothes and played with a mesmerising freedom and grace. Inside, though, he was quiet and complex and it is this dichotomy that will define his story.”

Gavin and Stacey star James Corden is said to have been approached to play the role of Atkinson.

Roker 37 is a film company set up by producer Leo Pearlman and writers Gabe and Ben Turner and Ben Winston who have years of experience in the movie industry.

The company recently produced and directed a documentary for ITV1 entitled Laurie Cunningham: First Amongst Equals.

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